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August 27, 2013

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2013 AIA CES Member Needs Assessment

New CES Provider Renewal Process


Firm Billings Up Nationwide, But Construction Sector Still Lags

On the Blog: 2013 Web Series PDF Files

Monthly Provider Tips and Reminders

Component Call for Speakers

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    2013 AIA CES Member Needs Assessment

    By Ramiro Solórzano, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Provider Audits

    This year we did a member needs survey to get a better understanding of the continuing educational needs and the demographics of our membership. I wanted to share our results because this gives all our providers a much better understanding of our members' educational needs. We partnered with McKinley Advisors and surveyed our members, non-members and conducted focus groups. Here are the general results: 2013 Member Needs Assessment

    To summarize our membership demographics are across the board. From our licensed architects, associate members and young architects, to our allied design professionals, each group sees the value and significance of your continuing education courses.

    The top three topics that our members seek are materials and methods, legal, and construction documents. Our members also are satisfied with the availability of course topics such as methods and materials, occupant comfort, and project types. The importance of continuing education offerings has increased since 2011.

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    New CES Provider Renewal Process

    By Aaron Neumann
    Manager, CES Data Reporting + Compliance

    This year, CES is excited to be launching a new online invoicing platform for renewing your 2014 CES Provider subscription! In an effort to better serve our CES Provider, this new application will streamline the renewal process and give providers a better renewal experience. All CES Providers will be required to log into this online application to renew. Click here to view screen shots of the application and explanations on the various features.

    We are excited to offer our CES providers this new and enhanced service! Note: This application will be available October 1 to renew your 2014 Subscription.

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    Integrating Social Media Tools into Continuing Education Courses

    By Jean Feroldi, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Communications + Review

    As social media platforms evolve and are adapted for new purposes, it is easy to see why they may be beneficial for adult learning. Yet, where to start and how to implement multimedia into continuing education can leave many people at a loss for effective interactive strategies using social media tools. During our Provider Conference at AIA National Convention, I gave a presentation on Social Media: Learning and Outreach, exploring reasons for why social media can be great for marketing and course engagement. While most Providers who attended my presentation saw the value in social media and its potential to improve their training programs, many questions were raised about specific ways social media can be used in face-to-face and online learning.

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    By Royce Brown, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Programs

    Creating a course can be daunting at times. With our tight schedules and pressing projects, sitting down to outline a presentation is usually the last thing anyone wants to do. However, this process is important for participants attending your program. For purposes of simplicity I would like to make the comparison between building a course and building a house.

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    ABI: Firm Billings Up Nationwide, But Construction Sector Still Lags

    By Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA
    AIA Chief Economist

    Billings at U.S. architecture firms moved up again in July, the third straight monthly increase, and the eleventh time over the past 12 months that firms have reported revenue gains. The July reading was 52.7, improving on the June score of 51.6. The index for new project inquiries also accelerated in July, with a score of 66.4, signifying the strongest growth in new inquiries since late 2005.

    Firms in all regions of the country reported billings gains in July. Firms in the Northeast and South indicated particularly strong growth, with ABI scores above 54. In the Midwest and West, firms reported more modest gains. Major construction sectors served by architecture firms also all showed gains for the month. Institutional firms, while reporting only modest gains in recent months, have now recorded 12 straight months of billings growth.

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    On the Blog: 2013 Web Series PDF Files

    William Murillo

    Each month, we hold 2-3 Provider webinars on topics ranging from instructional design, CES Discovery software training, AIA CES policies, and marketing AIA CES courses. After a webinar, we usually post the video content to our YouTube channel, but if you would like to have the original PowerPoint presentation as a resource, many are posted on the AIA CES blog. Our goal is to provide continuing education resources in a variety of formats to help you succeed as an AIA CES Provider. If you are looking for something specific - an archived webinar, article, or workshop presentation - just ask! We always strive to develop content and materials for helping you create great courses. We welcome your input and suggestions for new webinars and resources.

    2013 Web Series PDF Files

    AIA CES Blog

    Monthly Provider Tips and Reminders

    Jean Feroldi, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Communications and Review

    • Courses originally submitted in 2008 and 2009, were due to go inactive on Jan 1, 2012. CES has granted an extension and will be deactivating these courses as a way to keep your courses updated as they evolve throughout the years.

    • For Providers who joined the AIA CES program in 2013, please remember to complete your eight hours of prerequisite training within 90 days of joining.

    Component Call for Speakers

    Please contact Jean Feroldi to add your 2013 events to this list.

    AIA Chapters can use this space to post conference information.

    AIA Kansas Conference & Exposition

    Sept. 11-13, 2013
    Lawrence, Kans.
    Call for Speakers & Exhibitors

    2013 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

    (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio)
    Sept. 19-21, 2013
    Louisville Marriott Downtown
    Louisville, Ky.
    Call for Presentations to be issued early 2013
    Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration at
    Contact:  Kate Brunswick at AIA Ohio

    Building Communities Conference

    Sept. 27-28, 2013
    South Padre Island Convention Center
    South Padre Island, Texas 
    Historic Tour - Sept. 26
    Conference - Sept. 28 and 29

    AIA Nebraska Annual Conference

    Oct. 3-4, 2013
    Omaha, Neb.
    Contact: Sara Kay

    2013 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference

    Oct. 23-26, 2013
    Vancouver Convention Center
    Call for Papers

    Design on the Delaware
    Oct. 29, 2013 – Nov. 1, 2013
    Sheraton Downtown Hotel & Center for Architecture
    Exhibit, sponsor advertising opportunities

    AIA Philadelphia
    Contact: Pat Gourley

    Architecture Exchange East

    Nov. 6-8, 2013
    Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Richmond, Va.

    Virginia Society AIA

    ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)

    Nov. 20-22, 2013
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

    Boston Society of Architects


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